Mar 06

Completing Your Vote by Mail Ballot Envelope

Posted on March 6, 2023 at 8:07 AM by Robert Watson

The ballot envelope does have a number of fields. If you are mailing your ballot or delivering it yourself, and no one helped you complete the ballot, you only have to complete the signature and date fields.

Additional information is available on our website on the Vote by Mail page.

ballot envelope

Feb 26

Sample Ballots Available

Posted on February 26, 2023 at 7:27 PM by Robert Watson

Sample ballots for the 2023 Consolidated Election on April 4 are posted to the McLean County Elections website. Visit to view sample ballots. Instructions to find your ballot are on the Ballots page.

There are 191 ballot styles for the April Consolidated Election. We are always looking for ways to make the voting experience better for voters. This year we're testing a new format in preparation for the 2024 Primary and General Elections and we want your feedback! We have listed every address for our election authority and identified the ballot style for that address.

Previously we listed sample ballots by precinct; when you located your precinct there were likely multiple ballot styles for your precinct which led to voter confusion about which ballot to review. We hope this new method makes it easier for you to find your ballot.

A ballot style refers to a specific layout or content for a ballot, usually based upon precinct and/or address. Offices, candidates, or referenda may vary within a single precinct, based on an individual's address. For example, one side of a street may be in a different county board district, etc.

If you're uncertain which ballot style you'll use on Election Day, feel free to use the Contact Us button to submit your question and we'll be glad to assist. We're also available by phone at 309-888-4035 or

Feb 22

Early Voting Starts February 23

Posted on February 22, 2023 at 8:48 PM by Robert Watson

Early voting for the April 4, 2023 Consolidated Election begins on Thursday, February 23. Early voting is available through 7:00 pm on April 3, 2023 at the McLean County Government Center lobby. Dates and time details are available on the elections early voting page.

McLean County has two election authorities. The McLean County Clerk's Office handles all elections for the county except the City of Bloomington. Voting in the City of Bloomington is conducted by the Bloomington Election Commission.

Feb 22

Public Test of Tabulating Equipment

Posted on February 22, 2023 at 8:29 PM by Robert Watson



In accordance with 10 ILCS 5/24B-9, 24C-9 a public test of the Automatic Tabulating Equipment to be used by the McLean County Clerk’s Office for the

Tuesday, April 4th, 2023 Consolidated Election will be held on:



Thursday, March 9th, 2023

1:30 pm

McLean County Clerk’s Office

115 E. Washington Street, Room 102

Bloomington, Illinois



The test is open to the public.

Kathy Michael

McLean County Clerk

Jan 04

Vote by Mail Applications are Live

Posted on January 4, 2023 at 7:27 AM by Robert Watson

Vote by mail applications are now available for the April 4, 2023 Consolidated Election. Our Vote by Mail web page offers two ways to submit your application - one version to print and mail in, the other to complete and submit online. View the Election calendar to see deadlines.

The vote by mail application allows three options to request a vote by mail ballot.

  1. Submit a request for a vote by mail ballot for the April 4, 2023 Consolidated Election only.
  2. Submit a request for a vote by mail ballot for all subsequent elections that do not require a party designation. (permanent vote by mail application)
  3. Submit a request for a vote by mail ballot for all subsequent elections (those that do and do not require a party designation). In selecting this option the voter must select that party designation that they want to receive in subsequent elections. (permanent vote by mail application)

If selecting a permanent vote by mail application, the voter will continue to receive a vote by mail ballot for future elections using the parameters selected until that voter is deceased, updates their permanent vote by mail application by submitting a new application, or submits a written request to cancel their application.

Jan 03

McLean County Electoral Board Decision - 1/3/23

Posted on January 3, 2023 at 8:42 PM by Robert Watson

On Tuesday, January 3, members of the McLean County Electoral Board (McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael, McLean County Circuit Clerk Don Everhart, and Assistant State’s Attorney Trevor Sierra, representing State’s Attorney Erika Reynolds) met to review the Objector’s Petitions of Brad Wurth and Dennis Frank of the Nominating Petitions of Candidates Mark Stephen Adams II and Alex Williams for the office of McLean County Unit District #5 Board of Education.

Both Mr. Wurth’s and Mr. Frank’s objections were declared invalid. With this decision, the Board declared that Mr. Adam’s and Mr. Williams’ names will appear as candidates for the office of McLean County Unit District #5 Board of Education for the April 4, 2023 Consolidated Election.

The Board reviewed and found that the objections were invalid due to the lack of each objector’s residence address being provided in the objections. Referencing Illinois cases from 1997 and 2016, the Board adhered to precedents set that the objector’s residence address is required and that objectors are not permitted to amend their objections.

The full and formal decision of the McLean County Electoral Board is available for review.
Dec 29

McLean County Electoral Board Hearing

Posted on December 29, 2022 at 8:02 AM by Robert Watson

Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 10:00 am, the McLean County Electoral Board will hold a hearing in the Community Room of the Government Center, 115 E. Washington St., Bloomington, IL to hear arguments for and against:

  • The objection filed by Dennis Frank against the nominating papers of Alex Williams, non-partisan candidate for McLean County Community Unit School District #5 Board of Education.
  • The objection filed by Brad Wurth against the nominating papers of Mark Stephen Adams II, non-partisan candidate for McLean County Community Unit School District #5 Board of Education.
Nov 13

General Election Deadlines

Posted on November 13, 2022 at 8:52 PM by Robert Watson

While the 2022 General Election Day has passed, there are still two remaining deadlines.

Provisional Voting

If a voter who voted provisionally would like to present information pertaining to why their vote should count, they must do so by 4:30pm on Tuesday, November 15. To learn more about provisional voting read the Illinois State Board of Elections Provisional Voting pamphlet.

Vote by mail

The deadline to return a vote by mail ballot was November 8 (if in person or at a dropbox) or must have been postmarked by November 8 by the US Postal Service. Any vote by mail ballot that was postmarked by November 8, but is delivered on or before November 22 will be reviewed by our panel of Republican and Democratic election judges.

Appeal a vote by mail ballot rejection

If your vote by mail ballot was received by our office and you were mailed a letter stating that it was rejected, you can appeal the rejection in person until 4:30 pm on Thursday, Nov. 22.

Nov 05

Have confidence your vote is safe

Posted on November 5, 2022 at 9:58 PM by Robert Watson

In 2016, County Clerk Kathy Michael penned an Op-Ed and submitted it to The Pantagraph, the local newspaper where it ran. That Op-Ed was titled Have confidence your vote is safe.

This week, the same Op-Ed was posted online in FarmWeekNow and will be printed in their newspaper with permission from The Pantagraph. The FarmWeekNow newspaper is distributed to 72,000 Illinoisans.

Read Have confidence your vote is safe on

Nov 01

Online and Mail Vote by Mail Request Deadline is Nov. 3

Posted on November 1, 2022 at 10:27 PM by Robert Watson

10 ILCS 5/19-2


Thursday, November 3, 2022, is the last day that a voter can request a vote by mail ballot electronically or by mail. These vote by mail applications must be received before the close of business (4:30 pm).

Voters may still appear in-person at the election authority office to request a vote by mail ballot through the close of business (4:30pm) the day before the election (Nov. 7).